The New Music Business with Ari Herstand

Producer Manager on Points, Payment, Sessions and Publishing


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This week, Ari is joined by Laura Jones, a producer manager and founder of Little Underground Management. They discuss negotiating contracts, signing up and coming producers, and navigating royalty splits. Little Underground Management represents producers and helps connect them with artists, with her role being 50% creative and 50% business administration. On the creative side, she acts as a musical matchmaker, connecting producers with artists, songwriters, and engineers. On the business side, she negotiates fees, contracts, and schedules, and oversees the entire recording process. In this conversation, Ari and Laura discuss the complexities of songwriting and publishing splits in the music industry. They explore how songwriting credits are determined, the challenges of splitting royalties, and the politics involved in negotiating publishing deals. Laura shares insights into how deals are structured, the importance of contracts, and the challenges of getting paid in a timely manner. 


00:00 The Importance of Contracts for Producers

02:23 Understanding Master Royalties and Publishing

09:39 The Role of Producer Managers in Connecting Producers with Artists

23:33 How Producer Deals Work: Fees and Royalties

34:01 Navigating Different Genres and Deal Structures

36:28 The Complexities of Publishing Rights

49:40 Challenges of Getting Paid in the Music Industry

53:49 The Importance of Contracts for Producers and Songwriters

01:02:19 Finding a Manager as a Producer

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